thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of
the saints in light. Col. 1:12, R.S.V.
The ransom has been paid, and it is possible for all to come to God, and through
a life of obedience to attain unto everlasting life. Then how sad it is that
men turn from the immortal inheritance, and live for the gratification of
pride, for selfishness and display, and . . . lose the blessing which they
might have both in this life and in the life to come. They might enter into
the palaces of heaven, and associate on terms of freedom and equality with
Christ and heavenly angels, and with the princes of God; and yet, incredible
as it may seem, they turn from heavenly attractions.
of all worlds proposes to love those who believe in His only-begotten Son
as their personal Saviour, even as He loves His Son. Even here and now His
gracious favor is bestowed upon us to this marvelous extent. He has given
to men the gift of the Light and Majesty of heaven, and with Him He has bestowed
all the treasures of heaven. Much as He has promised us for the life to come,
He also bestows princely gifts upon us in this life, and as subjects of His
grace, He would have us enjoy everything that will ennoble, expand, and elevate
our characters. It is His design to fit us for the heavenly courts above.
is contending for the souls of men.... He would not have them catch a glimpse
of the future honor, the eternal glories, laid up for those who shall be inhabitants
of heaven, or have a taste of the experience that gives a foretaste of the
happiness of heaven....
accept Christ as their Saviour have the promise of the life that now is, and
that which is to come.... The lowliest disciple of Christ may become an inhabitant
of heaven, an heir of God to an inheritance incorruptible, and that fadeth
not away. O that every one might make choice of the heavenly gift, become
an heir of God to that inheritance whose title is secure from any destroyer,
world without end! O, choose not the world, but choose the better inheritance!
Press, urge your way toward the mark for the prize of your high calling in
Our Father Cares, pp. 341, 342.